Long before it was adapted into the hit Broadway musical Spring Awakening
, Frank Wedekind's play Spring's Awakening
took an unflinching look at the struggles of youth. The play's 1917 New York City premiere was threatened with closure when it was called pornographic, but a New York trial court issued an injunction that allowed the production to proceed. As relevant, shocking and edgy today as it was then, a cast of 20-somethings brings Wedekind's classic play back to Midtown. A tragi-comedy of teenage sex, its 14-year-old heroine dies after ingesting abortion pills. The young Moritz, feeling terrorized by the world around him, and especially by his teachers, shoots himself. The ending seems likely to be the suicide of Moritz's friend, Melchior, but a confrontation with a mysterious stranger allows him to finally shed his illusions and face up to the consequences awaiting him. This AlphaNYC Theatre Company production of the controversial classic can be seen at the Producers’ Club.
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